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Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-05-2020, 01:24 AM
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Views: 1,038
Posted By TomF
Thank you. These will be very helpful. I...

Thank you. These will be very helpful. I purchased my Roadtrek years ago without any manuals or wiring diagrams. Today, I printed the owner's manual and now the diagrams. Gotta love this forum!
Forum: The Manufacturers & Models 03-02-2020, 05:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 631
Posted By TomF
Given the age of the van, and the difficulty of...

Given the age of the van, and the difficulty of locating the wiring within the van's body, I would install a new switch somewhere near the pump, with a fused circuit from the house 12V.
Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-01-2020, 07:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 574
Posted By TomF
Interesting idea. I have a 1997 RT 190 Popular...

Interesting idea. I have a 1997 RT 190 Popular with the spare mounted on the rear door. It would be nice, though, to have a ladder there so I could clean the roof mounted solar panel.
Forum: General Discussion Forum 02-21-2020, 02:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 884
Posted By TomF
Are you thinking coil springs? There is no load...

Are you thinking coil springs? There is no load on the leaf springs once the vehicle is jacked up. Just be sure the axle doesn't fall down on you if the springs are mounted above the axle. I have...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 02-14-2020, 07:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 884
Posted By TomF
Actually, my 1997 Dodge Roadtrek 190 doesn't seem...

Actually, my 1997 Dodge Roadtrek 190 doesn't seem to have this issue at all. The rear suspension consists only of the original leaf springs, and carry the full load of the RV and full tanks, etc.,...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 01-17-2020, 05:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,164
Posted By TomF
That's why we have a sailboat. Unlimited range. ...

That's why we have a sailboat. Unlimited range. Yes, you have to be confident to cruise in a boat. You have to know your boat and how to maintain it.
It's not unlike RVing. You have to know your...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 01-14-2020, 04:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,921
Posted By TomF
You're welcome. I had Bilstein heavy duty shocks...

You're welcome. I had Bilstein heavy duty shocks installed right after I bought my Roadtrek. They also made a big difference in handling.
Anytime a shop is working on the Dodge front ends, they...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 01-14-2020, 01:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,109
Posted By TomF
As others have noted, the bed in our RT 190...

As others have noted, the bed in our RT 190 Popular is big. With a gel topper added, it is very comfortable. It also doubles as our TV lounge, since we don't bother to remake it into a dining table...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 01-13-2020, 09:19 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 248
Posted By TomF
Dodge w/wipers inoperative?

My windshield wipers on my Dodge Ram Van Roadtrek quit 2 summers ago, just as I was preparing to leave on a cross country trip. I traced the problem to a corroded ground at the wiper motor mount...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 01-13-2020, 07:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,399
Posted By TomF
When we visited my mother-in-law in Naples, FL,...

When we visited my mother-in-law in Naples, FL, the security guard at her gated community would often remind us that campers were not allowed to park overnight in the community. My wife's mom...
Forum: B+ General Discussion 01-13-2020, 04:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,857
Posted By TomF
Okay, then. I have to admit, I had never heard...

Okay, then. I have to admit, I had never heard about the nitrogen scam. I didn't know there are people out there selling nitrogen based on all these performance claims. I did believe that the...
Forum: B+ General Discussion 01-12-2020, 10:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,857
Posted By TomF
When I served in the Air Force, the tires on our...

When I served in the Air Force, the tires on our aircraft were filled with nitrogen. The tires would heat up quite a bit in flight, and using air in the tires would allow the pressure to get too...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 01-12-2020, 08:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,921
Posted By TomF
Something like our 1997 Roadtrek 190 would be a...

Something like our 1997 Roadtrek 190 would be a good fit for you. I looked into getting a new Roadtrek back in 2018, and was told I could sell mine for about $10,000 to $12,000. It gets 15 mpg on...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 01-12-2020, 07:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,921
Posted By TomF
Maybe check your tire pressures. I have a 1997...

Maybe check your tire pressures. I have a 1997 Roadtrek 190, Dodge B3500. I used to run the tire pressures at 45psi front, and 80psi rear, and the ride was acceptable. In 2018, I had the front end...
Forum: The Manufacturers & Models 01-11-2020, 07:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,367
Posted By TomF
I store all of that, along with tools, spare...

I store all of that, along with tools, spare parts and camping chairs, etc. between the space under the aft lounge and the outside storage. When I test drove the Dodge ProMaster, the tire jack and...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 01-11-2020, 07:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,164
Posted By TomF
Thanks. We are very fortunate to live on a...

Thanks. We are very fortunate to live on a beautiful semi-tropical island most of the year, and then cruise New England waters and visit family in the summer. Of course, we never actually had a...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 01-11-2020, 02:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,164
Posted By TomF
We kept our Roadtrek at my sister's place in...

We kept our Roadtrek at my sister's place in Wayzata for a week in 2018. The ride on the steamboat Minihaha was great. The engine was a museum quality masterpiece. I spent most of the ride talking...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 01-11-2020, 01:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,164
Posted By TomF
I might be a glutton for punishment. I own a 31'...

I might be a glutton for punishment. I own a 31' sailboat and a 19' Roadtrek. They are a good value for me, though, since I live on the boat in the summer and use the Roadtrek for everyday use and...
Forum: The Manufacturers & Models 01-10-2020, 11:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,367
Posted By TomF
Thanks. I did the test drive when we were...

Thanks. I did the test drive when we were planning our trip around the mainland US. I thought it might be better to buy new and not have to worry about reliability. I ended up having all the...
Forum: The Manufacturers & Models 01-10-2020, 08:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,367
Posted By TomF
Where did the basements go?

I test drove a new Roadtrek Dodge Promaster in 2018. I liked it, but I was left wondering what happened to the basements? I store a lot of stuff in My 1997 Roadtrek Popular in the storage...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 01-10-2020, 08:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,601
Posted By TomF
We have a built-in range top using propane. ...

We have a built-in range top using propane. Storage consists of built-in drawers and also bins under the aft bunk.
Forum: Welcome Wagon - New Member Intros 01-10-2020, 07:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,085
Posted By TomF
Our trip in 2018 took about 2 months. We took a...

Our trip in 2018 took about 2 months. We took a northern route from New England out to Yellowstone National Park, down to Arizona and back along the south to the East Coast. Yes, we made good use...
Forum: Welcome Wagon - New Member Intros 01-10-2020, 01:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,085
Posted By TomF
old RV, new member

Hi, folks. I finally got around to joining the forum. I've owned my 1997 Roadtrek for about 15 years. The summer of 2018 we took a trip around the contiguous US states, visiting family and friends...
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